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Old 01-01-2014, 08:45 PM
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My job is just a job. If something happened where I never had to work another day... I wouldn't hesitate to quit.

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike my job. But I'm not excited to go to work in the morning and I definitely live for my days off. I just kind of show up, do my work, and skidaddle when the day's over. Plus the pay + benefits leave quite a bit to be desired so I'm not really content there. I generally like the people I work with, generally like the animals I work with, but meh it's not my dream. I don't really have a "dream job."

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:22 PM
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Well, is it telling that if I won the lottery, what I would do with the money is open my own canine sports center..? And actually, my plan right now is if I get fired to pursue it as an option anyway.

It's VERY common for people working in the art field to enjoy their jobs working in art, yes, but they stop doing art for themselves too. They're just tired of doing art all day long and the last thing they want to do when they come home is do it some more. Because it "feels" like work in some ways. So what is that? You're doing what you love but you're not doing it for yourself so...? It's actually the reason I'm glad I work in design and I don't want to work in illustration ever. I want to keep the illustration stuff for myself.

But even when I'm beat ass tired and it's cold and I really want to just go home and do nothing, but I have to drag myself to training class instead, when I go home AFTER class I am always smiling, happy, and feeling fulfilled. OTOH it is a goal in my life to have a positive effect on the lives of other people and I feel like when I help them live in peace with their dog and enjoy their time with their dogs more, I'm having a positive effect on them. So that's really a big part of that I think. I don't know if it's so much doing what I love or doing something and directly seeing the way people react and how it's making them happier and their lives better. Same reason I'm interested in fitness training or physical therapy, not only am I interested in it to start but I could see right in front of me people's lives getting better.

So no, a job isn't "just" a job all the time to me.
That said my job right now is just a job and if I won the lottery I'm not even sure I'd go back in to get my stuff off my desk.

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:46 PM
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I do what I love. I've been passionate about training for years and totally fell on my feet a year ago when I got offered the job of a lifetime.

I work my butt off for the worst pay I've had in years, I turned down an awesome management job at a really nice restaurant to pursue the work with dogs and I don't regret it one bit.

I guess I'm like an unofficial apprentice, I have so much respect for my boss. He is incredibly knowledgable and just as passionate about it as me. I don't know where I would be without his guidance and support, either with my training in general or with Quinn.
Best of all, it actually fits in with the niche's I was most interested in anyway which is a bonus.

I tell him all the time he's an idiot for paying me for something I'd do for free. But ofcourse the fact that he pays me means I can do it 30 hours+ a week instead of 5 or 8 trying to fit it around another job.

The other half of my job is washing and drying at a groomers (they are a husband and wife team), I can't say it's my passion and it is seriously probably the most frustrating thing I've ever done but I'm not going to say no to learning more skills.

I know the money will come over the years as I'm worth more. I have no plans to try to go out on my own anytime soon and I can't imagine anything better than helping these awesome people build something amazing with their business.

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Old 01-01-2014, 10:10 PM
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Zookeeping is TOTALLY the job for me. I love it with every fibre of my being. It doesn't feel like work. It feels like fun. Yes, that's right, I think shoveling and hosing **** is fun. For reals. People think I'm crazy, but I'm dead serious. I got to clean the barn on Christmas eve and I ****ING LOVED IT.

Working in a vet clinic? Uh, not really. I mean, I'll do it if it's a full time job and a decent vet, but it's certainly not my first choice. I definitely got burned out at the vet clinic...years ago.

If you want to work with animals, you need to narrow it down. I'll work in a zoo in a heartbeat, but I have to think long and hard about anything else.

I've been zookeeping in some capacity for nearly 9 years, and I love every minute of it. I mean, it has its down sides, like when an animal you care for every day and you bond with dies. But fortunately, that's not often, and certainly not as often as it is in a vet clinic.

I would probably die of boredom being a deskjockey. There's a reason I have only had 2 jobs not related to animals - one was as a librarian and it lasted 3 months, the other was data entry for USPS and it lasted 7 months.

If I won the lotto or something and never had to work again, I'd volunteer at the zoo on at least a part-time if not full-time basis. I love it.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:31 PM
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For the most part, I love my job. I go through periods of pretty significant burnout, though, and it can be a source of a fair amount of anxiety in my life. If I won the lottery or something, I wouldn't walk away completely but I might limit my practice to acupuncture.

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:36 PM
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I struggled with this for a long time, because I found a job that was perfect for me on paper. Long hours filled with walking down sandbars, driving boats and trucks, finding birds, and being outside every single day.

What I found was that some days I love my job. There are days when I just can't wait to get out on the river and see what's going on. And there are days when I just don't want to get out of bed. I'm sore and I'm tired and I'm dragging my ass up at 6:00 to look for birds that I have seen a hundred times.

But really the discontent happened when I wasn't doing anything with my leisure time. I expected to feel fulfilled by work alone, and it just wasn't enough. Once I started really making social connections outside of work and allowed myself to be...maybe...not jumping up and down with enthusiasm all the time, I really became a lot more content with what I do. I can honestly say that I do love my job, but it isn't my sole reason for existing (which is what I used to think "loving my job" would mean).

I am also an EMT, and that is a world of extremes that I'll have to revisit when it's not past my bedtime
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:44 PM
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I don't know if there is a job out there that I would truly love... if there is, I haven't found it. I'm kind of of the mindset that a job is a job and is necessary to live, but I'd like to think it's possible to go to work every day doing something that I enjoy.

My current job is ok. It pays decently, it's giving me different experiences, and I for the most part enjoy the people I work with. But it does stress me out quite a bit. All day knowing I have to go to work tomorrow has stressed me out and I hate the feeling of dread that I get thinking about work. I go because I need the money, and it's not miserable, but I certainly would rather be doing other things. My last job was also just ok. I liked the laid back atmosphere and the awesome discounts I got on dog supplies, but it was brain dead boring most days and I really can't say that I enjoyed putting stock away on a daily basis and dealing with often grouchy customers, among a few other reasons I had for leaving. It wasn't usually stressful at least though.

I hope I find a career path that I enjoy a lot more someday. Since most of life is spent at work, it'd be nice to enjoy it more. I just wish I knew what it was that I would enjoy, because I really don't have any idea.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:59 PM
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I like my job ok most days. I really enjoy the people I work with, to the point they're most of my social circle outside of work. Some days I hate it and want to quit and run off into the mountains and live on pine needles. Those are mostly the days where I'm just overly tired and the customers I'm dealing with are just horrible, soulless people. Most people are fun and interesting to talk to, so it balances out. I wish I had more time to do more dog things but I can't think of anything that pays this well that doesn't involve me being stuck behind a desk.

If I could have made an actual living as a trail guide, that's what I'd be doing.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:04 AM
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My ideal job is controlled grazing rangeland work in the Rockies off horseback working for a private cattle farm and to work in a tack store part time...

Reality is the closest I could find to that offered here in MI. Natural Resource Management concentrating on ecosystem sustainability. I'm not sure yet where it will take me, but hopefully someday I can do some of my work off horseback.

Right now I'm 100% in dog business. Between the dog park and the boarding facility, I'm beginning to get burnt out and it's definitely not something I want to do long term.

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Old 01-02-2014, 12:13 AM
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I guess I'm not really in a position to answer because I only really work three or so days a week (other days I'm in university), but yeah, I love my job most days. I think three days a week is enough though, because I could definitely see myself getting burnt out if it was full-time. I love dogs but I would hate to be burnt out on them.

I really like to hope that I will have a career that I enjoy; it's certainly what I am for. I don't want to spend the rest of my life dragging myself out of bed to do a job that I don't like. I'm in school now and going in a direction that I think is perfect for me, so fingers crossed everything works out.

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